Breastfeeding is baby-led. There is no set number of times a baby should breastfeed in a day - nor for how long the breastfeed should take. Allow the baby free access to your breasts and as long as he, or she, is feeding effectively and the output (nappies) is appropriate for the baby's age, then frequency and timing of feeds is not necessary.
Initially, before your milk 'comes-in', your baby will feed very frequently - this is natural and encourages a good milk production. Once your milk supply has established your baby may only want to feed on one breast at a feed for a while. However overtime your baby will possibly settle after completing a good feed on one breast, stir on disturbing and not settle. Baby should then be offered the other breast to complete the feed.
All babies and all breasts are different so do not compare your baby's feeding pattern with another. If you have any concerns about your breastfeeding progress contact your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC). If your LMC is unavailable, you can contact one of the following organisations:
Always advise your General Practitioner (GP) and pharmacist that you are breastfeeding. If it is recommended that you stop breastfeeding, because a prescription drug may be incompatible with breastfeeding, we recommend that you request an alternative drug for your required treatment.
If an alternative prescription is not possible, and before discontinuing breastfeeding, check the drug details with a breastfeeding advocate, as sometimes the information contained within the packet is outdated and new research allows breastfeeding to continue.